The first thing I’ll note is that scientists are conservative when it comes to the real world. Scientists such as David Brin and Gregory Benford do show a lively imagination, but when it comes to the world we know they do exhibit a strict adherence to what is and require rather stringent proofs when you seek to challenge what they know. Which is a good thing overall, as long as you don’t overdo it.
I must note at this time that scientists are also human beings. Physicist and rapscallion Stephen Hawkings is infamous in certain circles for his sense of humor. Biologists, botanists, zoologists, paleontologists, and naturalists take great glee in giving new species, genera, and families scientific names that can make you wonder just what these people were drinking or smoking at the time, and if you could get a pint or gram or two.
But then there are those scientists who have trouble with the real world when that world disagrees with what they insist on being true. In other words, even Dr. Rational can be rather irrational.
In certain areas we can be rather irrational, having somehow gotten the idea that what we don’t like just can’t be so for it causes us dismay. Indeed we can get so overwrought on certain subjects we can well near have an emotional breakdown and find ourselves refusing to so much as face the possibility. One difficult a number of scientists have lies in the possibility of the existence of bigfoot.
Back in the last century there were stories about a giant ape living in North America. These were dismissed because some scientists insisted there couldn’t be apes of any sort living anywhere in the new world. From their point of view, they were right.
However, there was one thing they kept overlooking. That being the fact that the Bering Strait hasn’t always been there. As early as 10,000 years ago the channel the Bering Strait runs through was dry land, which meant that various sorts of land bound animals could pass over Beringia going either way. Paleo-Indians and apparently bigfoot migrated from west to east.
The Evidence for Bigfoot
At this point in time I’d like to give you a lady who’s been given the name of Patty. The footage was taken in 1967 in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California and shows what is apparently a female bigfoot walking along.
A number of people insist that the subject in question has to be a person in a costume and that the footage is a hoax, rather conveniently overlooking such matters as Patty’s breasts, her dimensions and proportions, and what appears to be a hernia in her right thigh. For that matter, I don’t get the impression of a costume but of a makeup job, and an extensive one at that. That leads me to ask this question, why go to all that bother?
For that matter, where did they get all the makeup and hair? Why make the subject female? For that matter, why give her a hernia? And who paid for all the supplies and work and who put it together? I don’t think anybody’s given us any of that information, and if Patterson and Gimlin did it themselves where is the evidence that they did?
Some people claim that they know who made the suit, and one I’ve heard of who says he did, but at no time are we provided with solid physical evidence proving it. No sign of suit, no sign of those who worked on the suit and helped the subject into it. Even after some 50 years no sign of any fraud that would satisfy anyone except a person who needs it to be a fraud. Yet people keep insisting and exhibit signs of fear that they could be wrong.
By the way, you’ll note that the footage you can see above shows the whole roll of film and not just the part with Patty in it. You’d think that if Patterson was out to pull a trick he’d take care to ensure he had the whole roll available to film with. For that matter, that the image would be clear and sharp and that he would be using the right lens for the job. From what I see the man was very much an amateur filmmaking and taken askance by Patty’s appearance.
To Sum Up
Scientists do right to be conservative where the real world is concerned, but there are times when they take it a bit too far. Even when some experts insisted there could be no apes in North America back some 50 or more years ago they were getting it wrong. You see, it was possible for a species of great ape to be living in North America, and from the available evidence, they were and still are. For science is not a matter of what is acceptable, but of what is possible. From the evidence available to me I can only conclude that such a phenomenon as psychokinesis is not possible, but an Old World animal migrating over dry land to the New World is very much possible. As far as I can see this intellectual cowardice has caused entirely too much in the way of delay and obfuscation. I say that it is damn well time we stopped bitching and moaning about the subject and got to some real work.
I’ll have more to say on the subject of bigfoot, only the next time I’ll be going after the fools who insist that the bigfoot must be some magical creature with all sorts of arcane and wondrous powers — telepathic my ass. That may take a few days so please be patient. I thank you for your time and ask for a few alms for my blogging.
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